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Man who left mother in feces-filled home is sentenced
Man who left mother in feces-filled home is sentenced

BRANDON, Iowa - A man whose elderly mother was found in a feces-filled house with 18 dogs in northeast Iowa has been given jail time and probation. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that David Rogers was sentenced...

2020 hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help

2020 hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help

Democratic White House hopefuls are deploying surrogates across the early primary states and beyond as they try to make up for their limited time on the trail. Candidates have deployed their spouses, their children and...

Far from Senate, Biden still navigates impeachment politics

Far from Senate, Biden still navigates impeachment politics

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has returned to Iowa for another campaign swing with less than two weeks before the Feb. 3 caucuses. But he and his advisers know President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial 1,000...

Davenport leaders condemn snow display targeting Democrats

Davenport leaders condemn snow display targeting Democrats

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Leaders in Davenport, Iowa, are condemning a snow display depicting a figure gunning down a snowman wearing a Bernie Sanders shirt and another adorned with a Democratic Party hat. Davenport Mayor Mike...

Teacher accused of secretly recording 2 females at his home

Teacher accused of secretly recording 2 females at his home

A high school science teacher in Davenport has been accused of secretly recording nude videos of two females who'd stayed at his Bettendorf home. Clinton Van Fossen is charged with five misdemeanor counts of invasion...

Police say car-semi collision left 2 dead in Sioux City

Police say car-semi collision left 2 dead in Sioux City

Authorities say a collision between a semitrailer and a car left two people dead in Sioux City. The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Police say the northbound semi collided with the eastbound car at an intersection....

2020 Watch: Will impeachment change the primary?

2020 Watch: Will impeachment change the primary?

With voting to begin in just two weeks, the sprint to the Iowa caucuses is unmistakably complicated by the beginning of President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial in the Senate. The proceedings will prevent...

Election 2020: The unexpected durability of Biden, Sanders

Election 2020: The unexpected durability of Biden, Sanders

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are proving to be two of the most durable candidates in the Democratic presidential primary. Both men are in their 70s and have outlasted younger rivals who were expected to have strong...

King Day in SC drawing Democratic presidential hopefuls

King Day in SC drawing Democratic presidential hopefuls

The Democratic Party's leading presidential hopefuls are splitting their time between the critical early-voting states South Carolina and Iowa at events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. South Carolina's...

NY Times endorses Klobuchar, Warren in Democratic contest

NY Times endorses Klobuchar, Warren in Democratic contest

The New York Times has endorsed not one but two candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar from the party's moderate wing and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from its...

Sanders distances himself from group backing his WH run

Sanders distances himself from group backing his WH run

Bernie Sanders says that outside political groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums backing candidates for public office should be abolished -  including those supporting his own bid for the White House. But the...

Sanders faces gender questions amid Warren feud

Sanders faces gender questions amid Warren feud

Bernie Sanders made a comparison Sunday between the challenges women face in politics today and his running for president at the age of 78 as the Democratic presidential candidate continues to face questions over his...

Candidates seek new caucus voters in trailer parks, rallies

Candidates seek new caucus voters in trailer parks, rallies

Bernie Sanders is seeking out first-time Iowa caucus participants where they live, work and shop. Pete Buttigieg is signaling to them through friends of supporters and closing the deal in big rallies. The strategies...

Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says the Oval Office benefits from the perspective of a commander in chief who has served in the military in wartime. During an interview in Iowa Saturday, Buttigieg says...

Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks

Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks

Joe Biden has called for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to “disown” what he calls “doctored video” that some Sanders supporters say shows the former vice president endorsing Republican calls to cut Social Security...

Sanders steps up appeals to women after flap with Warren

Sanders steps up appeals to women after flap with Warren

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is stepping up his pitch to women in early-voting New Hampshire on the heels of a squabble over sexism in politics with fellow progressive and 2020 rival Elizabeth...

Muscatine man found guilty of killing grandmother in 2018

Muscatine man found guilty of killing grandmother in 2018

MUSCATINE, Iowa - A 20-year-old Muscatine man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for the 2018 stabbing death of his grandmother on her birthday. The Muscatine Journal reports that the jury on Friday found Darian...

Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states

Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states

The Senate impeachment trial schedule means this may well be the last full weekend of campaigning in Iowa for some Democratic candidates. Four senators in the race will serve as jurors in the trial of President Donald...

Blizzard conditions continues across northern, central Iowa

Blizzard conditions continues across northern, central Iowa

Officials in Iowa are urging people to use caution and stay indoors as blizzard conditions continued to wreak havoc in northern and central parts of the state on Saturday. The danger on roads was highlighted by a dashcam...

Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest, Northeast

Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest, Northeast

A winter storm that has already caused trouble at airports in Chicago and Kansas City is expected to bring blizzard conditions to the Plains and Midwest on Saturday and could dump up to a foot of snow in parts of the...

Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results

Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results

Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites. The technology is intended to make counting easier but raises concerns of...

Iowa Democrats treat Warren-Sanders dust-up as 'Who cares?'

Iowa Democrats treat Warren-Sanders dust-up as 'Who cares?'

A dispute between Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders has caused days of hand-wringing among activists about how it might change the race. But it seems to have landed with a thud among...

Muscatine woman sentenced to federal prison for fraud

Muscatine woman sentenced to federal prison for fraud

A 37-year-old Muscatine woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for wire and mail fraud. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say that Ashley Erin Murphy Schneider was sentenced Thursday in Davenport's federal...

Over 100 piglets died in semi-trailer crash near Des Moines

Over 100 piglets died in semi-trailer crash near Des Moines

More than 100 piglets died when a semi-trailer carrying about 1,700 of the animals overturned on a freeway just north of Des Moines. Tom Colvin, chief executive officer of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, says about 100...

Flights, classes, events canceled as snow storm rakes Iowa

Flights, classes, events canceled as snow storm rakes Iowa

A winter storm dropping several inches of snow and sleet and also bringing in high winds lead to cancellations of classes, activities and services across Iowa on Friday. About half of flights from the Des Moines...

Newly released sex offender accused of sex assault on bus

Newly released sex offender accused of sex assault on bus

VERNAL, Utah - Utah authorities say a sex offender recently released from an Iowa prison has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman on a Greyhound bus. KUTV reported Thursday that the man was arrested in...

Waterloo warming shelter violates fire codes, must close

Waterloo warming shelter violates fire codes, must close

WATERLOO, Iowa - Organizers of an emergency warming shelter in Waterloo say they will have to close because the space doesn't meet fire code regulations. The Waterloo Warming Center opened Jan. 6 at Jubilee United...

City plans special election as elected official won't serve

City plans special election as elected official won't serve

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa - A northern Iowa community will hold a special election to fill a City Council seat after the man who was elected to the position refused to serve. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the Eagle Grove City...

Plane slides off taxiway in icy weather; winter storm hits

Plane slides off taxiway in icy weather; winter storm hits

Authorities say a plane has slid off the taxiway at Kansas City International Airport due to icy conditions as a sprawling winter storm hits large sections of the Midwest and beyond. The weather has closed schools,...

Ernst: Report that Trump administration broke law is 'moot'

Ernst: Report that Trump administration broke law is 'moot'

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa is dismissing as moot a U.S. Government Accountability Office report that found President Donald Trump’s administration violated federal law by withholding aid to Ukraine last year. In a call...

Snow begins to move in ahead of blizzard-like conditions

Snow begins to move in ahead of blizzard-like conditions

Forecasters posted a blizzard warning for parts of the Upper Midwest as a winter storm began to gather steam. Blowing and drifting snow and whiteout conditions were expected to move in overnight Friday in the Dakotas,...

Iowa doctor gets prison for making false Medicare statements

Iowa doctor gets prison for making false Medicare statements

A Webster City doctor has been sentenced to two months in prison for making false statements in Medicare claims. Federal prosecutors say 76-year-old Joseph Latella also agreed Thursday to pay more than $316,000 in...

Why the Warren-Sanders clash was inevitable and may escalate

Why the Warren-Sanders clash was inevitable and may escalate

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are learning the hard way that, in a presidential primary, only one candidate comes out on top. The two have spent the past year championing many of the same, sweeping progressive ideas...

Crews round up over 1,700 piglets after semi overturns

Crews round up over 1,700 piglets after semi overturns

Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 piglets after a semi-trailer overturned on a freeway just north of Des Moines. The crash happened Thursday afternoon when the truck and trailer overturned on an ramp to...

Iowa National Guard expects deployments over next year

Iowa National Guard expects deployments over next year

DES MOINES, Iowa - The chief administrative officer of the Iowa National Guard says he expects more than 2,000 guard members to be deployed over the next year. That would be the largest number since 2011. The Des Moines...

Republicans introduce Iowa abortion constitutional amendment

Republicans introduce Iowa abortion constitutional amendment

Iowa Republican legislative leaders have introduced a resolution that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution. The proposed constitutional amendment introduced Thursday is a response to a...

Inmate gets 6 months for escaping custody at reentry center

Inmate gets 6 months for escaping custody at reentry center

An  inmate who fled a Waterloo residential reentry center as he neared the end of his prison time was sentenced Thursday in Cedar Rapids to six more months in prison. Franklin Foster had pleaded guilty in October to...

Claiming innocence, inmate seeks DNA testing in 1976 slaying

Claiming innocence, inmate seeks DNA testing in 1976 slaying

Iowa inmate Gentric Hicks has spent 43 years in prison for a murder that his laywers say his deceased half-brother actually committed. Now 73, Hicks is seeking DNA testing on a hunting cap the killer left at the scene of...

Police release names of Des Moines shooting victims

Police release names of Des Moines shooting victims

Authorities released the names Thursday of two people found fatally shot and two wounded in Des Moines. Police responded Wednesday to the shooting at a home in the Merle Hay neighborhood and discovered two bodies. A third...

Fire forces evacuation of downtown Des Moines building

Fire forces evacuation of downtown Des Moines building

Authorities say people were evacuated from a a downtown Des Moines building Thursday morning because of a fire. The blaze was reported around 7:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Capital Square building, which counts The...

Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting woman he met in bar

Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting woman he met in bar

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman he met at an Iowa City bar. Johnson County District Court records say 35-year-old Andrew Wilson pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping, sexual abuse...

Man who had nearly 200 cats takes plea agreement

Man who had nearly 200 cats takes plea agreement

A man charged with animal neglect after a rescue group removed nearly 200 cats from his central Iowa property is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20. Polk County court records say 66-year-old Dennis Carlson entered a written...

AP Explains: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses

AP Explains: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses

For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party will report three sets of results from its presidential caucuses. And there is no guarantee that all three will show the same winner. Each set of results represents a different...

New Iowa caucus rules could spark clashing claims of victory

New Iowa caucus rules could spark clashing claims of victory

New rules in this year's Iowa caucuses could give presidential candidates an unprecedented opportunity to spin the results. In previous years, the Iowa Democratic Party reported just one number: the number of state...

Buttigieg decision on police chief shadows presidential run

Buttigieg decision on police chief shadows presidential run

Lingering criticism over Pete Buttigieg’s demotion of a popular black police chief when Buttigieg was mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has raised questions about whether the presidential candidate can attract the support of...

'You called me a liar,' Warren told Sanders post-Iowa debate

'You called me a liar,' Warren told Sanders post-Iowa debate

Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar before a national television audience during a tense, post-debate exchange where she refused to shake his outstretched hand. That's according to audio...

Des Moines shooting leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

Des Moines shooting leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

Police say a shooting in a Des Moines neighborhood has left two people dead and two injured. Des Moines police responded just before 4 p.m. Wednesday to a reported shooting at a home in the Merle Hay neighborhood and found...

Small Iowa city agrees to plan for huge federal ghost town

Small Iowa city agrees to plan for huge federal ghost town

After watching for more than a decade as a once busy Veterans Affairs campus deteriorated into a sprawling ghost town, leaders of a small Iowa city announced plans to take control of the property and likely demolish most...

Authorities ID brother, sister killed in Iowa crash

Authorities ID brother, sister killed in Iowa crash

Authorities have identified a Sioux City brother and sister killed in a northwestern Iowa crash on an ice-covered rural road as they headed to school. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Ella Holtzen...

Acting Iowa chief justice: Court independence a strength

Acting Iowa chief justice: Court independence a strength

Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins has told lawmakers that the independence of the courts from politics is a strength. Wiggins made the comments Wednesday as he delivered the yearly Condition of the...

Avenatti arrested for new alleged crimes while on bail

Avenatti arrested for new alleged crimes while on bail

Federal prosecutors say attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested for violating conditions of his bail by committing crimes while awaiting trial. Avenatti was arrested late Tuesday at a state bar court hearing in Los Angeles...

CNN draws fire for debate question that ignores denial

CNN draws fire for debate question that ignores denial

CNN and Iowa debate moderator Abby Phillip are drawing fire for an Iowa debate question that appeared to dismiss or ignore a response from Bernie Sanders. Under questioning from Phillip, Sanders denied a story that he had...

Ex-teacher gets probation for having sex with student

Ex-teacher gets probation for having sex with student

A former teacher in northeast Iowa accused of having sex with a student has made a deal with prosecutors. Howard County court records say Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander filed a written plea of guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor...

Report: Nebraska, Iowa sustained billions in weather losses

Report: Nebraska, Iowa sustained billions in weather losses

OMAHA, Neb. - A federal report says Nebraska suffered more than $3.4 billion in losses from disastrous weather last year while the toll was $1.9 billion in neighboring Iowa. The bomb cyclone in March caused most of the...

Regional authority proposed for Quad Cities area

Regional authority proposed for Quad Cities area

Some business and government leaders in the Quad Cities area of eastern Iowa and western Illinois want to form a regional authority that would gain funding and manage big projects. The Quad Cities Regional Metropolitan...

Northeast Iowa man gets 9 years for having child pornography

Northeast Iowa man gets 9 years for having child pornography

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A northeast Iowa man has been sent to federal prison for receiving child pornography. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Derek Clemens, of Evansdale, was given nine years and ordered to pay...

Group wants to build casino-hotel at Des Moines airport

Group wants to build casino-hotel at Des Moines airport

A development group that wants to build a $225 million casino and hotel at the Des Moines airport says the project would help pay for a planned new terminal. Highview Development Group presented the plan to the Des Moines...

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in Iowa

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in Iowa

There was a lot of pre-debate chatter about a coming fight between Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren over Warren's assertion that Sanders told her in 2018 that a woman couldn't be elected president....

The Latest: Biden contrite over vote approving Iraq invasion

The Latest: Biden contrite over vote approving Iraq invasion

The Latest on the January Democratic presidential debate (all times local):

Rougher shoving likely in last Democratic debate before Iowa

Rougher shoving likely in last Democratic debate before Iowa

New tension between the Democrats' progressive stars threatens to shake up the party's presidential nomination fight in the final debate before primary voting begins.  Rougher shoving and sharper jabs are expected...

State worker to be paid in disability discrimination case

State worker to be paid in disability discrimination case

A state panel has agreed to pay more than $400,000 after a judge found a worker at an Iowa care center was the victim of disability discrimination. The State Appeal Board approved paying the court-ordered judgment against...

Debate to highlight eroding diversity in Democratic field

Debate to highlight eroding diversity in Democratic field

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press

Allegiant Air announces new nonstop flights from Des Moines

Allegiant Air announces new nonstop flights from Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa - Allegiant Air has announced it will add three new nonstop flights - to Memphis, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Chicago - from the Des Moines International Airport. The Des Moines Register reports the...

NV, other states part of $200K PayPal charity settlement

NV, other states part of $200K PayPal charity settlement

The attorneys general of Nevada and 20 other states have reached a $200,000 agreement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund Inc. to settle complaints over its handling of charitable contributions through the company's...

Man asks judge's leave for sword battle with ex-wife, lawyer

Man asks judge's leave for sword battle with ex-wife, lawyer

HARLAN, Iowa - A Kansas man has asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can “rend their souls” from their bodies. David Ostrom, of Paola, Kansas, said in a Jan. 3...

Iowa governor calls for sales tax increase, other tax cuts

Iowa governor calls for sales tax increase, other tax cuts

Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds is asking lawmakers to consider increasing the state sales tax by 1 cent to fund increased spending on water quality, the environment and mental health care programs. To offset the tax increase...

Weather service arranges meetings to discuss flood risk

Weather service arranges meetings to discuss flood risk

VALLEY, Neb. - The National Weather Service is scheduling meetings to share information about the potential for river flooding this winter and spring in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The two areas were socked with...